JHC Social Club – Brett Kaye

Guest Speaker: Brett Kaye, Teacher & Chazzan on “A Jewish Journey through the Baltics”

Brett Kaye, who is currently Chazzan at the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation, was previously chazzan at Melbourne’s Central Shul. Well-known as a singer/performer, he has served as Musical Director of both the North Eastern Synagogue Choir and the Keren Or Choir.

As a teenager, he conducted the Great Synagogue choir in Durban. Brett, who holds a Masters degree in Jewish education, has held senior positions at Melbourne and Sydney Jewish day schools and remains involved in Jewish education. Trained in operatic studies, he won the coveted ‘Lygon Street Festa Best New Voice of The Year’ award sponsored by the then-Victorian State Opera to study opera overseas.

In 2003 Brett was invited to sing the tenor solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Sydney Opera House. He has also undertaken cantorial (chazzanut) studies in Israel with legendary Cantor Naftali Herstik.